While at Eroica Gaiole in Chianti 2018 , I got the chance to meet Mr Irio Tommasini , the legendary frame builder , pictured here with another legend , Mr Mike Sweatman of the renowned vintage derailleur blog http://www.disraeligears.co.uk …,
I managed to speak to Mr Tommasini again later on , and he told me (among other things) of his high regard for Richard Sachs of U.S.A. , and my friend Simone , partner of Alberto Masi , and at just 22 years of age , Italy’s youngest artisan frame builder …..
I was fortunate to meet Mr Colnago again in 2017 , here pictured in his museum….
Found on the internet , an old school documentary film featuring Mr Colnago talking about his build and design process ….
This is a late example of the legendary Colnago Nuovo Mexico frame set
Has Colnago stamp on the top of the bottom bracket shell …
And rounded Colnago stamped seat stay caps , which post date the first circa ’84 Nuovo Mexico ( flat stamped stay caps )
And the iconic 4 ribbed down tube ….
I source a Campagnolo Rally Triple crank set , as I intended to use the bike on the hills in Chianti , at L’ Eroica Gaiole …
And later found a near mint 2 nd generation Campagnolo Rally Triple rear derailleur …
Bottle cage is Specialities TA , with a white cap …
I used a Concor saddle and high flange hubs on the wheelset
The bike performed really well at Gaiole , with the triple crank set , I didn’t have to walk up any inclines
One of the early Colnago models , circa mid 1960’s
One hole drilled in bottom bracket shell…
And double ‘ arrow ( Freccia) ‘ on the seat stay caps …
And a flat fork crown with two small holes on side
Top tube centre to centre x
Seat tube centre to centre 54×54 cm
Seat tube centre to top 56cm
1″ headset fit
english bb fit
27.2 cm seat post fit
130 mm rear spacing
Rare Basso/Pogliaghi frame set
This collection has been the talk of a few vintage bike forums recently..
quite something , Team GAN provenance as well , I wonder if it will reach asking price !